Die happily and look forward to taking up a new and better form. Like the sun, only when you set in the west can you rise in the east.
Lately I’ve been surrounding myself with smarter and more successful people. Everyone tells you that’s a good idea, but no one told me how hard it would be to keep up.
Old habits and standards must die in order to level-up.
Creativity is what I do best. I’m constantly seduced by ideas. Often stupid ones purely for my own amusement. And this is a problem. Let’s look at some examples.
http://stupidbandnames.com. This is a website where words and phrases in a database are randomly juxtaposed to create often absurd, obscene and occasionally hilarious band names. There are over 207,000 possible band names it can generate. I can occupy myself for embarrassingly long amounts of time on this site. I think it’s made me a total of about $25.
http://whatwillbillsay.com I love Bill Belichick. I met him one time and the man I met in person was very warm, kind and genuine. The man who runs press conferences is just stone cold business. And I’m one of the few weirdos who enjoys watching his press conferences.
If you’re a reporter you should know what kind of response you’re going to get from him when you ask him a question. If you ask about something to do with a player he’s really fond of or the history of the game then you might get a response that just pure gold. He’ll tell stories and teach things you can’t get anywhere else. But if you ask a stupid question you’re going to get burned. Hard.
So I thought it would be kinda fun to build a site where you get the reporter’s question and then have to guess Bill’s response. Do I think this is a good idea for a website? Hell yeah! But I never finished it and haven’t made a penny on it.
http://danklibs.com My version of Mad Libs. $0 in revenue.
And there’s a buch more like that that I won’t mention.
Then there’s the other, much more involved projects I’ve started such as my first blog, http://independentrockstar.com which had something going for a while (much gratitude to the writers who were a part of that). My follow up to that, iHelpMusicians.com, which was, by any measure, a total faceplant and then iNtuitiveMusician.com, which was a mix of legitimate insight, esoteric jargon, incoherent strategy, missteps and undelivered promises.
The first few projects I mentioned were fun and had some value when it came to learning how to code.
The latter projects created a lot of stress and friction in my mind. When I would have the time I would dive in and come up with all sorts of good ideas and ways to unify them into coherent businesses. Then I’d get busy, or come up with some other idea and it would all go down the drain. And I would feel bad and stressed about it.
So here’s the deal from here on out.
All the projects I’ve mentioned here are now declared dead. For now I’ll leave them there to rot on the internet. At a later time I may decide to pull them all together.
This is going to be my creative outlet for the foreseeable future. This is where I’ll write whatever I’m inspired to write. No promises. No business. Just ideas.
It’s all going to be attached to my name. I’m not going to post from any other separate ‘brands’ that I’ve created.
I need to simplify, and streamline so I have more space in my life and so I can do things the right way at a higher standard.
So I’m declaring bankruptcy on any promises I’ve made in the past related to any of the aforementioned projects for the sake of my own sanity. I’ve had too much on the brain for too long.
Thank you to everyone who’s been a part of any of the projects I’ve mentioned. I’ve had some great conversations and made some great connections. It’s really been a a pleasure. The conversations will continue. Only the websites will not.
I have bigger things on the horizon that I’m very excited about and I’ll need to be fully engaged. One of the keys to that is to have less unfinished bastardized projects and promises floating around in my big head.
Now…. let the good stuff begin.